This year sees even more picture books and illustrated books coming from all the Irish publishers, something to be celebrated. It's fantastic to see Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick's The Sleeping Giant back in print. It's a much-loved picture book with fine watercolour illustrations and, thanks to O'Brien Press, future generations of children will now get to read about the Kerry island that looks just like a huge sleeping man. Picture booksWhen Sadness Comes To Call By Eva Eland (Andersen Press) This picture book about sadness stopped me in my tracks. It packs an emotional punch right from the opening spreads, depicting a little girl who opens the door to 'Sadness', a large, green shadowy creature. "Sometimes Sadness arrives unexpectedly," the text reads. "It follows you around… And sits so close to you, you can hardly breathe." The book explains how to listen to Sadness, and "if you don't understand each other, just sit together and be quiet for a while". It's a gently profound book … [Read more...] about From picture books for toddlers to gritty novels for teens, the best books to encourage reading over Easter
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Ismene Brown 13 April 2019 9:00 AM 13 April 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp On Tuesday, thousands of miles apart, in three great cities, London, New York and Los Angeles, 75 dancers will dance 100 solos in each venue in honour of the late iconoclastic choreographer Merce Cunningham, who would have turned 100 that day. It is a spectacularly ambitious wake for the choreographer who for 70 years denied dance a dramatic or expressive face, and threw all norms of beginnings, middles and ends, of meaningful sequence or physical logic, into a bonfire of expectations. This fabulous celebration, involving dancers of the whole spectrum from contemporary to the Royal Ballet, is a declaration of intent for posterity by the Cunningham Trust, established since his 2009 death to ensure digital preservation of 86 of his dances for future performance and study. Cunningham the iconoclast has been iconographed. Dance is lousy at preserving itself, … [Read more...] about Merce Cunningham’s work was magical, intangible, Einsteinian – revival is futile
With that in mind, we have asked three expert walkers - authors all - to choose their favourite walks for spring. That means places with the finest bluebell displays, the best newly-green woodlands, the most dramatic scenery. The result is 30 great routes that criss-cross the country, including Northern Ireland. For urban dwellers, there are escape routes out to Ireland's Eye and south to Bray and along the Royal Canal, none of which require a car. There are even a few places where thick-skinned bathers can take a dip. There are trails here for families with toddlers or buggies, for those looking for a good stretch, and for serious hikers wanting to blow the cobwebs out of their hair after the long dark winter. And all of them finish near a good spot for a cup of tea or something stronger. Each walk listed includes the distance and the time it takes to complete at a moderate pace, as well as directions to the start point. Most of the routes can be covered without maps, but we have … [Read more...] about 30 best spring walks in Ireland: Fresh air for every age and fitness level!
Infamous murders, lost paintings worth a fortune... and more recently a serious riding accident. Life through the years at Ballymote House BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Situated a few miles from Downpatrick, Ballymote House doesn't have the grand facade of other country manors in Northern Ireland. In contrast to the neo-classical design favoured by architects during the 18th and 19th centuries, there is nothing showy or flamboyant about Ballymote. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/infamous-murders-lost-paintings-worth-a-fortune-and-more-recently-a-serious-riding-accident-life-through-the-years-at-ballymote-house-37983678.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/article37983673.ece/213ac/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-04-06_lif_49300505_I2.JPG Email Situated a few miles from Downpatrick, Ballymote House doesn't have the grand facade of other country manors in Northern Ireland. In contrast to the neo-classical design favoured by architects during the 18th and 19th … [Read more...] about Infamous murders, lost paintings worth a fortune… and more recently a serious riding accident. Life through the years at Ballymote House
A trip to the seaside doesn’t just have to be sand, sea, ice cream and amusement arcades. Dave Robson took a walk on the wild side on a trip to the South Gare... A long and winding road The signs can’t be clearer: “Private road - no unauthorised vehicles beyond this point”. But hundreds of cars a day, including mine, take no notice - as they haven’t for many years. I’ve driven through Warrenby to take the road to South Gare and one of Teesside’s best days out. No, really. There’s no free Wi-Fi (cue kids recoiling in horror) but in terms of sheer variety of windswept sights and sounds, it’s hard to beat. It’s a history lesson, too, natural and otherwise, starting eerily, poignantly, alongside the abandoned steelworks and ending with the 19th Century lighthouse at the end of a long and winding road, flanked by various natural world delights. A Royal Mail van drives towards me - who the heck have they been delivering to? And then … [Read more...] about Escape from it all with a trip to one of area’s overlooked gems